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#1 The Insane Mao

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 05:33 PM

"Error loading OS."
Boot loop.
No Safe Mode.
No Windows OS disk to perform reconstruction of c:window\system32\config and ultimately System Recover.

I haven't done any OS updating or driver updates or any other hard mods. I did install an application called LaunchPad (equivalent to Valve's Steam) and installed the game Infantry. W hile later on the same day, I uninstalled both.

So I tried the recovery system console and here's what I got:

C:\WINDOWS>bootcfg /scan

Scanning all disks for Windows installations.

Please wait, since this may take a while...

Error: Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations.
This error may be caused by a corrpt file system, which would
prevent Bootcfg from successfully scanning. Use chkdsk to
detect any disk errors.

Note: This operation must complete successfully in order for the
/add or /rebuild commands to be utilized.

C:\WINDOWS>chkdsk
Volume HP_PAVILION created 10/22/07 03:24
The volume Serial NUmber is xxxx-xxxx
The drive could not be checked.

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So, now I think either I got a virus or some bug that corrupted something or my HDD is also dying...This computer was bought in 2005

Will fixboot allow me to save my files (and hopefully not incur a complete HDD wipe?)

Thx


UPDATE:

I tried the instructions from http://webcast.broadcastnewsroom.com/artic...e.jsp?id=8658-1 and I"m stuck on the first page where u copy c:\windows\repair\system... etc.

I tried doing it from my d:\ (since it's HP, they paritioned part of my drive and put the recovery files there, instead of on a CD), and I was denied ACCESS.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 06:11 PM

I've had a corrupt NTFS file system...my cure for it was a clean install of the O/S.

I suggest that you take a physical look at the hard drive, see who the manufacturer is...go to their website and download a diagnostic.

Run the long test.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:12 PM

Could be related to this post: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/132796/cannot-locate-windows-installation/
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 11:48 PM

Alright, so it seems I had something wrong with c:\windows\system32\config\ because I now can boot up my computer and it looks just the way it was before.

Only one problem: most of my exes don't work.

No IE7, firefox, Media Player Classic, Pidgin, etc

They say that some image isn't correct or could not be found or not valid. All of them point to the c:\windows\system32\config folder too

It's not a huge problem, as my data on the C: is now accessible and I will just backup and reformat. However, I'd like to know what a windows image is and possible reasons as to why most of my apps won't run because of this image problem (if I didn't state it earlier, I used the article in the link under UPDATE. I later found that WIndows Support has the same instructions, and it worked for some and not for others).

Thanks!

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 08:07 AM

<<They say that some image isn't correct or could not be found or not valid. All of them point to the c:\windows\system32\config folder too.>>

It might help if you managed to indicate...what the source(s) of this assertion are. Error message (verbatim), link, that sort of thing.

<<However, I'd like to know what a windows image is and possible reasons as to why most of my apps won't run because of this image problem>>

I'd like to see whatever it is that you are referring to...

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

WHOA! One should never trust anything that THEY say, because one never knows if THEY know what the heck THEY are talking about, however, if THEY would be so polite as to put up a screen shot or two help just might be a click away.

Hi hamluis, looks to me like you and usasma are doing a Tennessee Two Steep here.

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